1. Army's ban on the use of motorcycles in North West & North Central
In a move to curtail kidnapping and other criminal activities, the Nigerian Army has placed a ban on the use of motorcycles in the North West geopolitical zone and some parts of the North Central. The Army made this decision following their observation that criminals use motorcycles to escape after committing various crimes. Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, made this announcement via a press release.
According to the press release:
"The Nigerian Army (NA) over time has observed the use of motorcycles by armed bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements and their collaborators as enablers to perpetrate their heinous crimes especially in the states within the north west geopolitical zone of the country.
This informed the decision and directive to ban the use of motorcycles within the hinterland particularly around the Forests where the armed bandits, criminals and kidnappers hibernate and all around where troops are conducting operations alongside other security agencies.
While this may cause some inconveniences to some law abiding citizens in the area, the need to use all means possible to stop the dastardly activities of these bandits across the North West part of Nigeria needs no emphasis.
The general public, particularly in the North West and some parts of North Central in Nigeria where Ex HARBIN KUNAMA is ongoing are enjoined to bear with the NA as concerted efforts are being made to combat the insecurity menace ongoing within the area.
In this wise, it is hereby reiterated that the use of motorcycles remain banned within the forest areas in KANO, KATSINA, ZAMFARA, SOKOTO, KADUNA, KEBBI and NIGER States. Anyone caught using motorcycles within the named areas will be taken for an armed bandit, criminal and kidnapper with dire consequences.
The respective State Governments are enjoined to please disseminate the ban on the use of motorcycles in the named areas and enforce the ban in conjunction with the Security Agencies.”
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2. Public reaction to the ban on motorbikes in these areas
Whenever a new law is introduced, we see mixed reactions and even heated controversies over its practicality. This time is not an exception. While many think this is a good move to curtail crime rates related to motor riders, others don't believe it is feasible and fair for residents here.
You can easily see how public reacts to the news in online forums